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UN urges Lebanon to choose president

Lebanon has been without a president, who is also the commander-in-chief, since May because of disagreements between lawmakers. The 15-member council “expressed concern at the prolonged vacancy in the office of the presidency with a view to preserving the stability and the unity of Lebanon,” said Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlan,[…]

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Israeli settlers burn mosque in West Bank

Israeli settlers have torched a mosque in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said, amid growing tensions and violence. The attack on a mosque just before dawn on Wednesday, near the Jewish settlement of Shilo, came after separate Palestinian knife attacks on Monday killed a settler in the southern West Bank,[…]

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17 killed in bombings in and around Baghdad

Suspected Sunni rebels struck in and around Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 17 people including 11 soldiers and policemen, and injuring about 40 in three separate attacks, including two suicide bombings, according to police and hospital officials. The largest of Wednesday’s attacks was in the turbulent Youssifiyah district south of Baghdad[…]

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French Parliament to vote on Palestinian state

France’s National Assembly will vote this month on a largely symbolic resolution in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state, hoping it could help end the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, officials said Wednesday. Approval by the lower and more powerful chamber of parliament would send a signal to President[…]

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From jail, Barghouthi urges ‘armed resistance’

Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi urged the Palestinian leadership to give its backing to “armed resistance” against Israel in a letter published Tuesday as a wave of violence surged. The call came after months of clashes in and around annexed East Jerusalem and a growing number of deadly Palestinian attacks[…]

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Malaysia charges 7 suspected member of IS

Seven Malaysians have been charged in court for supporting Islamic State militants in Syria, a news report said Wednesday. Two financial consultants were charged with allegedly soliciting money online for the extremist forces, the Sun Daily newspaper said. Prosecutors also charged a suspected Malaysian jihadist who returned to Kuala Lumpur[…]

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Pakistani schools hold ‘anti-Malala’ day

A network of private schools in Pakistan has announced an anti-Malala day, condemning young Nobel peace laureate for what it called her support for controversial novelist Salman Rushdie. “We are all for education and women’s empowerment,” Mirza Kashif Ali, the organization’s president, told New York Time on Tuesday, November 11.[…]

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